Anime Review: Orange Episode 7

August 15, 2016

Suwa & Naho sitting

I hope that everyone is having a good week.

After how stressful things were last week, things seem to be, especially when I get to have some time to watch something enjoyable.

Today, I will be reviewing the latest episode of one of the simulcasts that I decided to follow, which is called Orange.

As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.

Suwa & Naho talking in school

Naho expresses her concern about Kakeru, Suwa reveals that he too got a letter and decides to team up with Naho, in order to change the predicted outcome.

And when Kakeru starts acting strange, the time for the two friends act arrives, and they have only one chance to prevent the worst possible outcome.

Naho & friends gather

I got to say, I kind of liked this episode.

I liked how TMS did not leave me hanging about what Suwa's letter contained.

Yes, it was kind of obvious that it had something to do with Kakeru, but that did not mean that the things Suwa regretted in the future were the same ones that Naho had.

By actually seeing the letter that Suwa had received, things made a bit more sense about how Suwa and the others knew wait for Naho where they did back in episode 4.

As much as I want to give TMS credit though, Takano Ichiro is probably the one that should receive the praise, because since the exchange among friends is seen in the future, this does not feel like just another thing that was done for the sake of resolving things, much like how the relationship between Eisuke and Rena was explained in Detective Conan Volume 58.

I also liked how funny it was that Naho and the gang were scrambling to find out what Kakeru would like for his birthday.

While the gesture was nice and showed that they did care about him, I just could not help but laugh at how many of them were trying to insist that it was for reasons other than getting him a birthday present.

If they really wanted to get Kakeru a present and not have him realize that it is a birthday present, there are better ways togo about it.

Then again, if they did use those kinds of methods, it probably would not have been as funny as it was, so I am glad that TMS decided to go this route.

Hopefully, TMS can keep things as funny as they have been in this episode, though the way that the manga ends, at least from a few places online that I will not be linking to, in order to avoid major spoilers, seems to suggest that things are going to be getting very serious quite soon after this, since this series will only have 13 episodes, according to its page on My Anime List.

The thing that I liked the most though was how Suwa and Naho approached Kakeru when they suspected that Kakeru was contemplating suicide.

Even though this series has yet to invoke the kind of emotional feels that I got from reading the visual novels from Key that could be found on Steam, or even Narcissu, this moment really made me feel something, though not in the same kind of way that the events of the first Osaka case in Detective Conan, which was covered in episode 118 (Japanese count) of the anime.

TMS has definitely dealt with doing scenes that invoke strong emotions, like the event found in the aforementioned incident in Detective Conan, and seeing how I actually felt something in this scene, I think they are still doing a great job.

After all, if I suspected that something was up with a friend, I would want to do everything within my power to make sure that that friend does not do something that cannot be undone, such as suicide, even if that means bringing it up with another friend that I think is contributing to it, or even letting a sibling of that friend know of my suspicions, because that is what a good friend does for those they care about.

What really made me like this moment though was how Suwa and Naho told Kakeru that they wanted to him to talk to them about his pain, in addition to sharing his joys.

This seems to be reminiscent of what we all in society are like, because we eventually break down and experience debilitating diseases or incidents that end up impairing us for the rest of lives. We try so hard to keep things to ourselves, because we think that we would only be burdening those that care about us, but that so-called act of being considerate eliminates the possibility of getting the help that we need.

After all, Kotomi Ichinose would have never overcome the death of her parents had Tomoya and the gang left her alone in the library.

Those that care about us want to know about all of the good and bad, because those who do care about us are our family, and I am not talking about just extended or nuclear family, but the kind of family that Tomoyo Sakagami talks about in Clannad, seeing as it is possible to not have a family even though one actually does have a family.

In the case of this episode, Naho and the gang are Kakeru's family because his death greatly affected them in the future, and the fact that they want Kakeru to let his heart out instills this fact more so than any other event of this episode.

Hopefully, TMS can keep up with the emotional feels that are likely to occur in the next few episodes, otherwise I would be really disappointed, because TMS has shown that they could create powerful and emotional scenes well in the past.

Outside of those things, I cannot think of anything else that I particularly liked.

Because it was revealed that Suwa got a letter with the same kinds of details as the one Naho got and that there was an emotionally powerful scene, as well as some funny moments, this was a pretty good episode.

Kakeru looking up

Although I liked the episode, there are some issues.

Fortunately, aside from a few things that are too minor to talk about, nothing really bugged me all that much.

As a result, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

Considering that there was quite a bit to like, especially scenes that invoked some kind of emotion, this was definitely worth watching.

I only recommend this to fans of Orange, because they will be able to like this the most.

What are your thoughts on Orange episode 7? Did you like it or hate it? Was there something you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.

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